These are the worst foods for your heart

What you eat can improve your heart. 

"Heart-healthy foods contain nutrients that benefit the cardiovascular system. 

Or reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering 'bad' LDL cholesterol & blood triglycerides. 

Reducing blood pressure, controlling weight, &/or improving insulin sensitivity," says Rania Batayneh, MPH, owner of Essential Nutrition For You and author of The One One One Diet. 

The Mediterranean & DASH diets are high in omega-3s, potassium, calcium, magnesium & antioxidants, making them good choices for heart health. 

Science supports this claim. A diet rich in fruit, whole grains, nuts, legumes, dairy. 

Heart-healthy fats can cut cardiovascular disease risk by a third, according to a 2016 study. 

Which foods do dietitians recommend? Here are 40 heart-damaging foods. No deli. 

Suzanne Fisher, RD, LDN, founder of Fisher Nutrition Systems in Florida, says even low-fat cured lunch meats contain sodium nitrate. 

Nitrates may promote internal inflammation, & "chronic inflammation is linked to atherosclerosis," she says. 

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